Islamist militant group al-Shabab carries out mortar attack on Somalia's parliament

The UN has condemned a mortar attack on Somalia's parliament, which injured at least seven people, including bodyguards, the BBC reports.

The Islamist militant group, al-Shabab, said it carried out the attack which happened as MPs were setting a date for the election of speakers for the upper and lower houses of parliament later this month.

This is being reported as intended to delay the vote for a new president.

In a statement the UN said it stood firm with Somalis in their efforts to complete the electoral process.

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